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Closing arguments, sentencing for pope's butler Saturday

Gabriele accused of leaking Vatican documents to press

Closing arguments, sentencing for pope's butler Saturday

(ANSA) - Vatican City, October 3 - A Vatican court on Wednesday adjourned until Saturday the closing arguments and eventual sentencing of Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI's ex-butler accused of stealing secret Church documents and leaking them to the press. On Tuesday Gabriele pled innocent to stealing documents but admitted to leaking information to the press and said he was not the only one to do so in recent years. Gabriele, whom some speculate will be pardoned by the pope, told the court he thought the pontiff was being manipulated by the people around him. Some Vatican watchers have suggested that Gabriele is a scapegoat and the victim of a power struggle among cardinals. The leaked documents included letters to the pope and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone from the Holy See's ambassador in Washington, Carlo Maria Vigano, who was deputy governor of Vatican City at the time they were written. The letters contained allegations of corruption in the management of Vatican City.

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